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Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 9:25 am | Updated: 12:15 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

“Dear Red Phone, Why do people steal so much from Walmart? Seems like there's reports in the paper every week about people stealing all kinds of items, big and small, from Walmart. I hardly ever hear about thieves hitting up Target or Costco. Are their loss prevention people sleeping on the job? I guess if you want to steal, Walmart is the place to go.”

Dear Walmart Watcher, Red Phone checked in with the Gilroy Police  Department on this one, since the Walmart on Camino Arroyo is definitely a popular destination for theft.

Just the other day, on Aug. 31, Red Phone saw in the Gilroy Police report that a man pushed a full shopping cart out of Walmart without paying. The loss prevention officer approached him and the man left the cart and drove away. At least the officer got his license plate number.

The Gilroy Police Department is required by state law to accept a citizen’s  arrest initiated by the public, said Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.  

“This includes arrests made by loss prevention personnel or other employees at our local retail locations. Our local retailers, throughout the city routinely experience theft/shoplifting issues and place people found to be shoplifting under arrest for theft,” he said.


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  • tell_me_why posted at 8:34 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    tell_me_why Posts: 18

    Theft is theft no mater who the victims are...

    Certainly a local store may hurt more from these losses but neither is acceptable...

  • WilllaimYancey posted at 3:31 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    WilllaimYancey Posts: 3

    No, I'm just not sure why anyone would be worried about Wal-Mart's loss prevention issues. I actually have sympathy for smaller stores that have to deal with shoplifters.

  • paulewog posted at 11:27 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    paulewog Posts: 4

    @WilliamYancy - so, stealing isn't really so bad, as long as you steal from rich people that can afford to be stolen from?

    We were recently stolen from. Yes, we can afford it. We are still paying our mortgage. But it's not fun.

  • WillliamYancey posted at 3:49 pm on Tue, Sep 4, 2012.

    WillliamYancey Posts: 61

    The poor Waltons. How will they pay their mortgages?